Women's Basketball Hits The Road Against San Jose State

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Dec. 3, 2002



Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002
OSU at San Jose State
7 p.m. PST, San Jose, CA
(The Event Center)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM) THROUGHOUT OREGON

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (3-1 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (8.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg.)

G #1 Cricket Williams, 5-7, Jr., (19.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg)
G #20 Kim Sheehy, 5-9, Fr.,(6.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #22 Jessica Kellogg, 5-7, Jr., (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #21 Tatiana Taylor, 6-0, Jr., (10.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
F #40 Chaunita Smith, 6-0, Sr., (3.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.0 apg.)

A GLANCE AT SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State enters Wednesday's game against Oregon State with a 1-2 record. The Spartans knocked off Cal State Northridge in their season opener on Nov. 24, but dropped a pair of games at the GranTree Classic in Bozeman, MT over the weekend. SJSU fell to Baylor University, 78-46, last Friday and dropped a 78-72 game against Northern Illinois on Saturday. Junior guard Cricket Williams is leading the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game and a team-high 12 assists. Junior forward Tatiana Taylor is averaging a double-double over the first three games with 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per outing. Jessica Kellogg is also averaging double figures in scoring with 12.3 points per game. As a team San Jose State has made just 36-of-65 free throw attempts on the season for 55-percent. The Spartans won six of their last seven games to close out the 2001-02 season and finished with a 17-11 record.

BEAVERS AND SPARTANS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 7-2. The teams last met during the 1994-95 season when the Beavers earned an 84-50 victory. Both of the Spartan wins in the series have come in San Jose.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with San Jose State:

	                      OSU	SJSUPoints per game	            63.0	64.7Points allowed per game	   54.8	69.0Field goal percentage	     39.3	36.23-pt field goal percentage  20.5	26.7Free throw percentage	   63.6	55.4Rebounds per game	          42.2	40.0Assists per game	          15.5	10.3Steals per game	            12.0	10.0

LOOKING BACK AT IDAHO STATE: Junior post Brina Chaney scored a career-high 18 points to lead Oregon State past Idaho State, 67-48, on Sunday. Chaney buried 8-of-10 shots in the game and 2-of-3 free throws, while pulling down a game-high tying eight rebounds. Fellow post Hollye Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points, eight boards and dished out four assists for the third time this season, as the Beaver post players dominated the smaller Idaho State line-up. Sophomore Juleen Smith tallied 10 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and a career-best seven steals. It was all Oregon State as the Beavers led from start-to-finish and built as much as a 22-point lead on three occasions during the second half. ISU committed 28 turnovers in the contest and the Beavers recorded 16 steals.

LOOKING BACK AT TULANE: Oregon State overcame an early 7-0 deficit to record a 56-51 victory on Friday night against Tulane University. The Green Wave jumped in front early but the Beavers clawed back and used an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to get back into the game. Tulane committed six turnovers in the stretch and was held without a field goal. Oregon State took a 29-21 lead into the locker room at the half after holding the Green Wave to just 24-percent shooting from the field and forcing 20 turnovers. Tulane pulled within one point (33-32) with 16:31 left but the Beavers went on a 9-1 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach. Brina Chaney matched her then-career-high with 14 points, while Leilani Estavan added 13 points and five steals. Sophomore guard Juleen Smith also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and Jessica Jones had a career-best five steals.

THE PASSING POST: Junior post Hollye Chapman currently ranks second on the team with 14 assists on the year. Chapman has dished out a career-best four assists in three different games this season. The 6-2 junior has 57 dishes in her career.

STEALING THE SHOW: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith tallied a career-high seven steals against Idaho State on Sunday. The seven swipes were the most by a Beaver player since Leilani Estavan's seven steals against UCLA on Jan. 24, 2002. Estavan is currently tied for second in the Pacific-10 Conference with 3.25 steals per game while Smith is tied for third in the Pac-10 with 3.00 steals per outing. As a team, OSU ranks third in the conference with an average of 12.00 swipes.

BIG WEEKEND FOR B: Junior post Brina Chaney had a big weekend for the Beavers, leading the team in scoring against both Tulane University and Idaho State. Chaney matched her then career-high with a team-high 14 points in OSU's victory against Tulane Friday. The 6-5 post then set a new career-best with a team-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and a 2-of-3 mark from the line in the Beavers' victory against Idaho State on Sunday. Chaney added a game-high tying eight boards against the Bengals and blocked a pair of shots. For the weekend, the Bothell, WA, native knocked down 12-of-19 field goal attempts (.632) and 8-of-11 free throws. She also pulled down 14 rebounds and had four blocked shots.

FREE THROW FIGURES: Oregon State has connected on 49-of-77 free throws (.636) over the first four games of the season. The Beavers hit just 29-of-58 free throw attempts (50-percent) over the first four contests in 2001-02.

SWAT TEAM: Oregon State leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 16 blocked shots on the season for an average of 4.0 swats per game. Junior post Brina Chaney leads the Beavers with six stuffs on the year. OSU is on pace to record 108 blocks during the regular season. The 2001-02 Beavers finished the year with 68 swats.

DEFENSE WINS GAMES: Oregon State has proven it has one of the stingiest defenses in the Pacific-10 Conference after its first four games. The Beavers rank second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing their opponents to average just 54.8 points per game. OSU leads the conference in field goal percentage defense at 35-percent and ranks first in blocked shots with 4.00 per game.

STRANGE STUFF: As a team, Oregon State is allowing its opponents to hit just 35-percent (64-for-183) of its field goal attempts. In contrast, OSU is allowing the opposition to connect on 39-percent (27-of-70) of its 3-point field goal tries. Over the first four games of the season, 42-percent of the baskets made against the Beavers have come from beyond the arc.

STARTING STRONG: With its 3-1 overall record, Oregon State is off to its best start since the 2000-01 season when the Beavers reeled off six straight victories to open the season.

ONLY TWO AWAY: Head coach Judy Spoelstra is just two victories shy of win No. 100 while at Oregon State. Spoelstra is also only four wins away from career victory No. 200.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: For the second consecutive year, Oregon State was tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 40 points in the voting, while Stanford, who went undefeated in conference play last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 90 points and nine first place votes. OSU's 2001-02 fourth place finish was its highest since 1995-96, when the squad finished second.

THE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's non-conference schedule includes three games against 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifying teams. No. 11 Texas Tech University, a legitimate Final Four candidate, tops the list of opponents as the Beavers visit Lubbock, TX on Dec. 17. OSU also makes a trip to fellow 2002 WNIT participant Southwest Missouri State. OSU knocked off Tulane (56-51) on Nov. 29 and host Florida on Dec. 14, both NCAA tournament teams. Oregon State opens Pacific-10 Conference action immediately following Christmas with a Dec. 27 game against USC. The culmination of the Pac-10 season will be decided in the conference tournament on Mar. 7-10 in San Jose, CA. The tournament's winner will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Junior guard Leilani Estavan is the only Oregon State returning player to start all 32 games last season. Estavan closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 44 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 68 of their last 107 (.636) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 84-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is currently a perfect 3-0 in games played on Ralph Miller Court.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 234-122 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .657 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Assistant coach Todd Corman returns for his second year on the Beaver bench after spending 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and more recently, six years at the helm of Albertson College. Jualeah Woods enters her third year on the Oregon State staff, assuming second assistant coaching duties in July. Heath Alexander joins the coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the 2001-02 season as director of operations. Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, joins the staff for her first year as operations director.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 98-106 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 196-174 overall record while in her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Spoelstra has led the Beavers to back-to-back postseason tournament appearances in the WNIT. At the conclusion of the 1999-00 season, Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

Guard, 5-5, SO, Inglewood, CA (Morningside)

Smith reached double figures in scoring for a second straight game with 10 points against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...also tallied a career-high seven steals, dished out five assists and had six rebounds against the Bengals...buried 3-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws for 10 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...finished with eight points and three steals at Portland (Nov. 26), but committed seven turnovers...tallied four points and two assists against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in 2001-02...in six games combined against USC and Stanford, averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds...has a current streak of 18 consecutive starts...has hit 6-of-6 free throws this season.

Forward, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (South Eugene)

Stokes did not see action during the exhibition season...has sat out early season practices with an injured ankle.
Joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter while playing at South Eugene High School...team won the Oregon 4A State Championship her freshman season.

Guard, 5-7, JR, Los Angeles, CA (Palisades Charter)

Estavan had nine points, five assists and four steals against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 13 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had five rebounds, five steals and four assists against the Green Wave...finished with 12 points and tallied a team-best five assists at Portland (Nov. 26) in 40 minutes of action...led the Beavers with 12 points and four steals against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had four assists against the Wolves.
Earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in 2001-02...led the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) for the second consecutive year...her 322 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 44 consecutive starts.

Center, 6-4, SR, Kaunas, Lithuania (Menaul, New Mexico)

Rukstelyte pulled down four rebounds and recorded a steal against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...finished with four points and four rebounds against Tulane (Nov. 29)...played three minutes at Portland (Nov. 26)...had two rebounds and a blocked shot in seven minutes of action against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...missed the exhibition season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee.
Showed much improvement over the course of the 2001-02 season...scored a career high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16).

Guard, 6-0, FR, Stayton, OR (Stayton)

Bunn scored two points and pulled down two rebounds against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had five points and two boards in 14 minutes against Tulane (Nov. 29)...knocked down 3-of-5 shots from the floor to finish with a career-best seven points at Portland (Nov. 26)...also pulled down seven rebounds, including five offensive in 16 minutes of action against the Pilots...hit 3-of-5 shots for a freshmen-leading six points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had two steals and three rebounds against the Wolves.
Won 12 letters while competing in four different sports at Stayton High School...named a fout-time All-State selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and junior.

Guard, 5-8, SO, Brush Prairie, WA (Prairie)

Jones had three points and dished out two assists against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...tallied a career-best five steals against Tulane (Nov. 29)...made first career start at Portland (Nov. 26)...had one steal in nine minutes of play against the Pilots...scored a career-high five points and career-best four assists in the season opener against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
Played in all 32 games as a freshman...relied upon as a defensive catalyst.

Guard, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (Crow)

Atkins has yet to see action during the regular season...buried 1-of-2 field goals and pulled down a rebound against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also dished out an assist in two minutes of action...hit 1-of-2 free throws in two minutes of action against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7).
Joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Crow High School...averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 steals as a senior.

Guard, 5-11, FR, Bozeman, MT (Bozeman)
Close started second straight game against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...scored six points and pulled down three rebounds in 21 minutes against the Bengals...made first career start against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes against the Green Wave...finished with seven points and four assists in a career-high 21 minutes of action at Portland (Nov. 26)...buried 2-of-4 shots for four points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also pulled down three rebounds and had two steals in 12 minutes against the Wolves.
Was a two-time All-State selection while at Bozeman High School...a three-time sport all-star...served as ball-girl for Montana State when Judy Spoelstra was at the helm.

Guard, 6-0, FR, Lake Elsinore, CA (Temescal Canyon)

Rivera hit a 3-pointer and recorded a steal in six minutes against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...pulled down a rebound and tallied a steal against Tulane (Nov. 29)...played six minutes at Portland (Nov. 26)...hit 2-of-5 shots for five points and had a blocked shot against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
Was a four-time All-CIF selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and senior...earned honorable mention West Coast accolades by Street and Smith's Magazine while playing out of position (point guard) during her junior season.

Guard, 5-11, SR, Amanda, OH (Amanda-Clearcreek)

Michelle (formerly Estell) Smith hit a 3-pointer and dished out an assist against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...scored five points and grabbed two rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also matched her career-high with a blocked shot against the Pilots...buried 2-of-3 shots for five points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
Played in 31 games during the 2001-02 season, making 15 starts...had best game of the year in the 2001-02 season opener with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount in the preseason WNIT.

Center, 6-5, JR, Bothell, WA(Inglemoor)

Chaney tallied a team and career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had a team-high tying eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals against the Bengals...matched her then career-high with 14 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 37 minutes of action against the Green Wave...canned 4-of-4 free throws and ended up with six points and four rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...hit 6-of-6 free throws and finished with eight points and eight rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
Led the Beavers in blocked shots during the 2001-02 season with 38, including a conference-best 27 during Pac-10 games...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...has three career double-doubles...her 76 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book...has blocked at least one shot in six consecutive games.

Forward, 6-2, FR, Vale, OR (Vale)

Vickery played one minute against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...saw two minutes of action against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...hit 2-of-3 shots from the field for four points and pulled down two rebounds before fouling out against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...scored four points and pulled down two rebounds against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...also blocked one shot in 12 minutes of action.
Was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Vale High School...Earned third team All-State honors as a senior.

Forward, 6-2, JR, Cottage Grove, OR (Oregon City)

Chapman reached double figures in scoring with 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...also dished out four assists for the third time in four games...had eight points and four rebounds against Tulane (Nov. 29)...recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also matched her career-high with four assists against the Pilots...tallied a career-high four assists and had three rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...held to just two points against the Wolves.
Entered the 2002-03 season as the leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.)...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...has tallied four career double-doubles...her .485 (131-for-270) field goal percentage led the team and ranked 7th in the Pac-10.

Forward, 6-2, JR, Las Vegas, NV (Chaparral - Arizona Western Community College)

Turner tallied two points and six rebounds in 11 minutes against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had two points and three boards in a start against Tulane (Nov. 29)...registered her first career double-double with a team-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also had three blocked shots in her first career start against the Pilots...just missed a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds and eight points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had a blocked shot and steal in 25 minutes of work.
Was a two-time Kodak All-American at Arizona Western Community College...was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association first team All-American...a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Team selection.

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